Driving Excellence in Public Transportation

2021 NCPTA Annual Conference & Expo, Roadeo & Golf June Concord, N.C.

Welcome!  Registration will open in early February.  Please read below and save the dates!

You are invited to join us at the North Carolina Public Transportation Association 2021 Annual Conference, Exhibitor Expo, Roadeo, and Golf Tournament, held April 9th-14th, at the beautiful Concord Embassy Suites Conference Center, Golf Resort & Spa, & Zmax Dragway in Concord, NC. This will be the largest gathering of North Carolina public transit professionals & leaders in 2021.

Transit representatives from more than 100 rural, urban and regional systems from across the state will come together to train, learn, share and network with community and business leaders; local, state and federal agencies; and the suppliers and vendors that serve the public transit industry.  This is the most opportune time to exchange ideas, share successes, and brainstorm solutions to the challenges faced every day.  We hope you will join us!

More information will be made available soon and registration is expected to open in February 2021.  In the meantime, please read on for more information about each of the events and save the dates!  We hope to see you in Concord!

Conference (April 12, 13, & 14, 2021)

As public transportation professionals, we all have an important opportunity to come together and share our experiences with and learn from our peers.  Why is public transportation so valuable to our communities?  What does it mean to the citizens we serve?  How does it affect everyone’s quality of life?  What does it mean to us, and why are we so passionate in striving for excellence?  The conference is a perfect time to hone our skills in achieving excellence in public transportation.

The Conference will include topics for both Rural and Urban systems, state and federal updates, and sessions related to maintenance, technology, safety, security, operations and administration.  If you are interested in leading a conference session, joining one of our planning committees, or you would just like to learn more about our events, please contact Kelly Blazey (Kelly.blazey@townofcary.org).

Expo (April 12, 2021)

One of the highlights of the overall event is the Expo!  Many of our systems are not able to travel to national tradeshows, and the annual conference may be the only opportunity they have to meet with industry representatives.  On Monday afternoon, the Expo offers a terrific opportunity to interact with existing and future customers in a relaxed, comfortable setting, enjoying great food and entertainment, while allowing you to showcase the transit related products & services you have to offer.

Want to make a really big splash?  Sign up as a Sponsor for the conference, roadeo or golf tournament – a surefire way to increase your company’s exposure and get people talking about your business all conference long!  There will be many Sponsorship levels.  Choose one that best fits your business profile, and remember that all Sponsorships come with an automatic Expo and Conference registration so that interaction with the Conference attendees can continue throughout the entire event.  Sponsorships are the best opportunity to give back, take a prominent leadership role, and extend your impact within the public transit industry in North Carolina.

Roadeo (April 9 and 10, 2021)

The Roadeo is the premier safety and training event for all System Member operators/drivers, culminating in the “crowning” of the most skilled operators/drivers in North Carolina.  There will be two (2) competition categories.  They are 35 Foot Bus and LTV.  Each System Member may register for any or all of these categories and they may register any number of people for each vehicle category.  System Members may also register one (1) team for each vehicle category.  A team consists of the three (3) people identified as such during the registration process.

Awards will include a first, second, and third place individual finish in each of the two (2) vehicle categories; and a first, second, and third place team finish in each of the two (2) categories.  In addition to the trophy awards, the first, second, and third place individual finishers in each of the two (2) vehicle categories will receive cash prizes of $500.00, $250.00, and $100.00, respectively!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity.  There is no better incentive for improving safety than to send your transit system’s best operators/drivers to the Roadeo, where they can demonstrate their skill and compete for being the best of the best.